The importance of cutting emissions was highlighted by a new study this week about the risk of rising heat deaths in US cities. The research, published in Science Advances, finds that limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, rather than 2C or 3C, could help prevent thousands of deaths during heatwaves. For example, in a 1.5C warmer world, …

By 2050 more than half of the world’s population faces 20 days a year of lethal heat, crop yields globally drop by a fifth, Amazon ecosystem collapse, ice-free Arctic in summer, and 1.5 ft of sea level rise

Based on the 3C Paris Track… The collapse of ecosystems like coral reefs, the Amazon and the Arctic Unlivable temperatures for more than 100 days a year in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East and South-East Asia A one-fifth decline in agricultural yields The flooding of coastal cities, small islands and low-lying regions including Chennai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh …

Glenwood Springs City Council in April approved a resolution to buy all of Glennwood Electric’s electricity from wind power supplied by Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

Colorado city to become one of the first in US to run completely on renewable energy The Hill | Justin Wise Glenwood Springs, Colo., is set to become the latest U.S. city to run entirely on renewable energy. “We are very excited to announce that Glenwood Springs will soon be operated on one hundred percent renewable electricity,” Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes …

May 2019 science and impact updates

Substantial increase in minimum lake surface temperatures under climate change  (Climate Change) The average surface temperature of European lakes has risen by 0.35C per decade since the early 1970s, a new study finds. The researchers analysed observational data for 1973-2014 from eight European lakes, finding rising annual and summer average temperatures – as well as increases in annual minimum lake surface …

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We cooperate as kindred spirits on a mission of public service. We create partnerships to share resources. We challenge media owners and investors to act in the public interest. We keep the whole picture in our heads. Excerpt from Bill Moyers’ talk on covering global heating…  May 2019 While I did not come with a silver bullet—there’s no such thing—I …

New Report On Plastics & Climate — The Hidden Costs Of A Plastic Planet

May 18th, 2019 by Cynthia Shahan on Clean Technica Amanda Kistler, Director of Communications and Development at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), has shared a new report with CleanTechnica. The full report, Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, was released on May 15, 2019. Below is a summary of the report and several highlights from it, and here is the full …

Children Of The Sun Solar Initiative Rises Out Of Devastating Fire

Tribal councils are developing and have the responsibility to develop long-term energy plans to adequately address climate change issues in and near their communities. The TSAF aims to provide resources to tribes who do not have an existing energy plan/sustainability plan. The TSAF encourages all tribes to research and assess their energy needs so that they can effectively utilize TSAF …

Scientists explain how climate change made Hurricane Maria so devastating: The chances of Puerto Rico getting that much rain has jumped five-fold since the 1950s due to global warming.

Climate Progress, JOE ROMM APR 17, 2019 PEOPLE WALK ON A FLOODED STREET IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MARIA IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2017. CREDIT: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. Human-caused climate change was the driving force behind Hurricane Maria’s devastating and deadly precipitation, a new study finds. Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a super-hurricane …

Climate change jumps to biggest risk for insurers + Arctic permafrost is melting so fast it’s damaging the equipment scientists use to measure it 

Arctic permafrost is melting so fast it’s damaging the equipment scientists use to measure it CNN | Doug Criss In the Arctic, a changing climate isn’t something that might happen in the near future. In the uppermost stretches of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s already happening now. Temperatures are warming; sea ice is retreating. And a new study says permafrost is melting …

Biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost half their area, land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land, and a million species are at risk of extinction

The warning was unusually stark for a UN report that has to be agreed by consensus across all nations. Hundreds of scientists have compiled 15,000 academic studies and reports from indigenous communities living on the frontline of change. They build on the millennium ecosystem assessment of 2005, but go much further by looking not just at an inventory of species, …